Springhill Native Answers Questions and Celebrates the Release of His Latest Book
Springhill, Louisiana native and former Youree Drive Middle School teacher, John Corey Whaley, visited Shreveport’s Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, April 23rd for a Q/A session with a room filled with friends and fans followed by a book signing of his latest work to hit the young adult literary market, NOGGIN.
Whaley, a graduate of Louisiana Tech in Ruston, began writing stories when he was eleven and has been creating great fiction ever since. He hit it big with his first book, Where Things Come Back (a bildungsroman unlike anything many have ever read) in 2011. The volume went on to win the Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Awards and Whaley was named one of the 5 Under 35 by the National Book Foundation.
Citing Kurt Vonnegut as his favorite author and encouraging younger writers to remain passionate, persistent, and patient if they’re thinking of chasing the dream of becoming published and successful with the craft, Whaley was happy to offer advice, suggestions, and a little background on the genesis of the story that he tells in his latest book.
The plot of NOGGIN involves the events that unfold after the story’s protagonist has his severed head reattached to a new body following a period of miraculous cryogenic freezing. It’s a bold and interesting follow-up to a book that made him famous and gave him a definitive name in the burgeoning world of youth fiction.